John L. Sullivan was the first modern heavyweight boxing champion of the world and the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. His womanizing and drunken escapades were godsends to a burgeoning newspaper industry, and he embodied the American dream for latenineteenth-century immigrants as he rose from Boston's Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation. In the process, the âBoston Strong Boyâ transformed boxing from outlawed bare-knuckle fighting into the gloved spectacle we know today. Strong Boy tells the story of America's first sports superstar, a self-made man who personified the power and excesses of the Gilded Age.
Reading "Public Enemies" is to be transported to the United States of the 1930's. The country seemed peopled with colorful, if ultimately dangerous, criminals like John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd and their more anonymous counterparts in law enforcement.
Christopher Columbus called it the "rich coast" – a strip of land that straddles the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. But Costa Rica's rich natural beauty is threatened by the over-exploitation of its resources and by mono-culture farming. Huge banana- and pineapple plantations have reduced the country's natural bio-diversity – but activists are now trying to preserve what's left of it. Costa Rica is a natural paradise that combines distinctive geography and a wide variety of plant- and animal species. About a quarter of the country's land has been designated as natural parks or other protected areas. Eco-tourism is booming.